Happy November, everyone! Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here and that means spending time with our loved ones and sharing lots of good food. But let’s not forget one of the newest fall traditions: Friendsgiving! If you’re thinking about hosting, below are a few ways to ensure everything goes off without a hitch, plus a few helpful recipe tips from the Macy’s Culinary Council!
So what is friendsgiving? Simply put: It’s a celebration much like your average Thanksgiving dinner—but with friends! Maybe you have a pal who can’t travel home for the holiday or perhaps you haven’t seen your high school crew in forever, this is your chance to invite ’em. Typically, it occurs one of the weekends leading up to its sister holiday and is the perfect excuse to par-tay and eat comfort food. Ok, now let’s talk turkey…
Your tablescape doesn’t have to be so traditional. Feel free to mix ‘n’ match festive, colorful plates and use stemless wine tumblers or mason jars as drinkware; you can really fill them with anything—wine, whiskey, soda or water—the options are endless! Another tip? Consider serving your food buffet-style so everyone can help themselves and see what their friends made!
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Back to you as host: Give yourself enough time to clean and/or defrost the turkey in the days leading up to the big event. And if you’re on a budget, a whole turkey tends to be more cost efficient than just the breast. As for the goods, here are some important things to keep on hand:
• Cooking times can differ, so a meat thermometer is essential. Plan on ~20 minutes per pound in a 350˚ oven.
• A sharp knife is your best friend when it comes to carving the bird. Replace dull knives or sharpen them with a sharpener! (Hint: Don’t forget to let the bird rest before carving…otherwise all those tasty juices will spill out and make the turkey dry. Oh no!)
• For a rustic display that looks super cool, we suggest serving up your masterpiece on a wooden butcher’s block.
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Check out macys.com for all your hosting essentials. And for even more menu planning help, check out Coast to Coast, Macy’s newest online resource, to discover other recipes from the Macy’s Culinary Council!